isbn: 9781784787394 deals with the yo yo change in policy on council (social) housing and the lack of building regulations that apply to local government (my blog) , Mind you if they think flat roofs are a good idea (my blog) for the english climate it could be argued that no local government should never be allowed to build anything.
Anyhow with that tower block going up in flames* (my blog)and the change in perception mean this area needs a light shone on it.
The usual suspects include the salvation army, this bloke (my blog) and the health engineers who put the sewers in. politics mires this admirable idea with short termism and the labour party (my blog) is accused by turning this scheme into a workhouse rather than social engineering and aspirational it was once thought it was in fact gentrification is a word used which does not mean what means now.
The idea that all council houses are the same is roundly mocked as the first built units are better than the last as the money ran out. Modern housing changed from ideal to something deemed a military goal after all healthy cannon fodder (my blog) is needed.
After the second world war when both money and building material where in short supply naturally any restoration in quantity of housig could not be met by any government so larger schemes with large builders took over taking bribes as well while housing was built its legacy has not lasted if you read some of the links i provided.
As to whether maintenance was lacking or poor initial building by the contractors no one in local government checked on the politics once again interferes for if you move labour party supporters en mass outside a voting area then what benefit does the social housing have for politicians ? Housing thus became a football. Short termism thinking began.
As industries moved (my blog( [or became uneconomic] housing began to be in the wrong places something both conservative and labour parties failed to notice.
1977 seems to mark the end of 177 years of ‘council’ housing when the labour party made it female friendly and begins the trend of the single mother on benefits. preference (my blog you get the idea man deserts) Although some successes there is a lot of failure and the rise of housing associations non local governmental organisations yes but unable to get away with burning tower blocks and poor buildings which fail all including as an advertisement for builders.
That takes us to 1979 when the wheels fell off the train and the labour bias of the author show though. He can be highly negative of anything that shows councils as anything but paragons of good, for instance no mention is ever made that lambeth in london had a rent deficit for several million pounds for social housing, which meant some tenants had rotting and falling apart kitchen units (as seen on tv news) despite paying there rent it was not fixed
While criticism is accepted it seems one side gets more of it than others. Another thing he forgets is that with the cladding that set fire is also on privately owned buildings as well but i suppose the confutation that only it used on public housing makes it a gas chamber device** has a charge to it but if you lease a property in a private building that’s not a gas chamber.
The UK needs housing but what appears to have happened is the builders are still busy*** even when the economy was in recession but they do not work singularly for the public sector any more.
What the author also forgets is that in the 1940’s the price of property fell and the council tenants where materially richer owning cars and disposable items where mortgage holders did not and had to build better houses and flats due to building regulations
So when people talking of housing shortages it seems that council housing got all the attention during the after war years of austerity. This means governemt both red and blue can be blamed for not building.
Immigration also does not help is another problem unseen by the author.
So there are faults and this is not an unbiased report- read the links for context 3/5 bananas.
*not the first ** flats with cladding are very hard to sell *** Auf_Wiedersehen_Pet (not here)